...then you're not paying attention.
Neocons don't call for an audit of the pentagon. They don't state that "perhaps we shouldn't be in every war". They don't call for cuts in military spending. They don't call for cuts in foreign aid, particularly when such aid is tied to weapons purchases. They don't question the use of drones. They don't rail against the Patriot Act and the NDAA and the TSA. They don't criticize the War on Drugs.
Rand consistently does those things. He ain't no neocon.
Why is the media establishment, at this point, treating Rand differently than Ron? That's the question, and I don't have a good answer.
But I wonder if it has something to do with the Libertarian Party's record showing in '12. I wonder if they're increasingly scared of losing the libertarian faction that remains in the RP.